Bank of Ireland, TY Academy

What do students learn?

Students work on a business problem with students from other schools. Over the course of three days, they explore the areas of enterprise and innovation, and learn how to pitch their proposals in a “Dragon’s Den” environment. The Lean Canvas methodology used by many start-up companies provides students with the tools necessary to generate their business plan and launch their idea. Students can also learn how to build a website or develop an app.

The Transition Year Academy is held over three days in six locations throughout the country.

For three days in March 

Lauren Barry, Ella Browne, Anna Brophy, Megan Walsh and Emer Ní Chiaruain went to The Chocolate Factory in town for a Bank of Ireland T.Y. Academy. Over the three days they were split into teams with other schools and had to participate in activities to win prizes. The main aim of the event was for the teams to create a product or service that would help young people with keeping track of their savings and spending in an easy way. One of the girls, Lauren Barry, won the regional final and made in through to the All-Ireland Final, where sadly another team took the first-place prize.

Lauren received an ‘Amazon Alexa’ a cloud-based voice service/intelligent personal assistant as her prize. Well done to Lauren and all the girls who had a great time participating and had loads of fun!